Prof. Salkin: The Livable New York Resource Manual

The Livable New York Resource Manual was released by the New York State Office for the Aging to help local officials, professionals and residents plan, zone and develop for livable communities, aging-in-place and sustainable neighborhoods – stressing future-based planning on evolving demographic trends. The manual addresses the Livable New York focus areas – housing, transportation, mobility, green buildings, energy alternatives and inclusive planning. The Livable New York Resource Manual is available on-line at


Flu vaccine finder

Just in time for flu season, Google is collaborating with the U.S.

Department for Health and Human Services (HHS), their

collaborators and the American Lung Association to help you easily
find nearby locations to get the flu vaccine. When searching for flu-
related terms, information will appear at the top of your search
results, including tips from and a flu vaccine finder box with
an expanding map that displays locations where you can receive


iPad Available October 28, 2010 at AT&T Stores

All three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models are available October 28,2010 at more than 2200 AT&T Stores. AT&T will offer customers 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad, complete with Apple’s easy on-device activation and management. All iPad data plans are available without a term contract and include unlimited access to AT&T’s more than 23,000 domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.


NYSBA: General Practice Section Fall Meeting

November 4-6, 2010

Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz, NY

Register Now!

Join the General Practice Section at their Fall Meeting at the beautiful Mohonk Mountain House. Built on the deep-blue waters of Lake Mohonk in 1869, this grand 267-room Victorian castle is one of America’s oldest family-owned resorts and is just 90 minutes north of New York City. Friday and Saturday MCLE programming will feature a variety of topics leaving the afternoons free to enjoy the various recreational activities offered at the Mohonk Mountain House.

Program topics include:

The Fault with No-Fault Divorce and Opening Pandora’s Box
NYS Aspects of Estate Planning
Criminal Law Basics for the General Practitioner
Recent Developments in Business Law and some Recent Real Estate Case Law
Fifty Years in the Courtroom, But Who’s Counting?
Understanding and Avoiding the Attorney Disciplinary Process

The New York State Bar Association’s Meetings Department has been certified by the NYS Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. Under New York’s MCLE rule, this two-day program will provide you with up to a total of 6.0 credit hours. The breakdown is as follows: 1.0 Credits in Ethics and 5.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice. This program is not transitional and therefore not suitable for newly admitted attorneys.

For more information and to register please visit:

NYLJ: New York Grants Right to Claim Attorney Fees to Prevailing Homeowners in Foreclosures – New York Grants Right to Claim Attorney Fees to Prevailing Homeowners in Foreclosures

The Access to Justice in Lending Act, A1239/S2614, will put defendants in foreclosure proceedings on the same footing as lenders, who often include in mortgage documents the right to recoup reasonable attorney fees if they bring a successful action.

Supporters of the new requirement say that it will encourage attorneys to volunteer their services to homeowners facing foreclosure, many of them who cannot afford to hire their own lawyers. At the same time, they say the measure will give the homeowners leverage to negotiate concessions from lenders seeking to avoid the potential costs of litigation.


The new law, Real Property Law Section282, provides that all mortgage agreements giving prevailing lenders the right to attorney fees, must be read to grant that right to borrowers as well. Although it goes into effect 60 days after its signing, it applies to all mortgages in effect on or after Oct. 20 and all proceedings begun on or after that date.


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TwitDoc – the EASY way to share your documents on Twitter

The ability to easily ‘tweet’ your documents and pictures is an essential part of sharing information with your Twitter network.

The central idea behind is to make it easy to share your documents on Twitter. Before, you would upload your document to the internet, shorten the URL to link to the document, and post a tweet with the shortened URL to Twitter. With, you can do all of these steps at the same time. offers a free web-based upload form, a downloadable desktop upload utility, as well as an API for Twitter clients and web developers. And although is primarily built around the idea of sharing documents (PDF, DOC, XLS, etc.), they also handle many image formats (JPG, GIF, PNG, etc.) and expect to support other file types in the future.


ProPublica: Read: The Depositions That Sparked the Foreclosure Scandal

In depositions both old and new, employees at servicers, foreclosure-mill law firms, and other players describe how they processed foreclosures. Read it in their words.




DocumentCloud is both a repository of primary source documents and a tool for document-based investigative reporting. Think of the repository as a card catalog for primary source documents. They’re building tools that accelerate the work of reporters who need to make sense of large sets of documents. (You can use it on small sets, too.)


Although intended for reporters and news organizations, this is one killer app for analyzing and sharing depositions!! Take a look at the depositions from the mortgage foreclosure cases making headlines.

ProPublica has posted document (transcript), notes, and text, with annotations of “October 2010 Deposition by Kelly Scott, formerly of the Law Offices of David J. Stern

also see:

“July 2009 Deposition by Erica Johnson-Seck of OneWest Bank”


Law.COM: N.Y. Courts to Require Attorneys to Verify Foreclosure Papers – N.Y. Courts to Require Attorneys to Verify Foreclosure Papers

Amid mounting national concern over the accuracy of court documents in foreclosure cases, the New York state court system on Wednesday directed lawyers for lenders to file an affirmation that they have taken reasonable steps to verify the accuracy of papers they file to support residential foreclosures.

“We feel we have an obligation to make sure the attorneys do their due diligence and come to us with credible papers because the consequences [of wrongful foreclosures] are so great,” Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said in an interview, adding that the new filing requirement is the first in the nation.

See a sample (pdf) of the affirmation attorneys will be required to provide.

Attorneys must now certify, “under the penalties of perjury,” that they have communicated with a representative of the plaintiff bank or lender and that they have personally reviewed all documents and records related to the case.

After making this review and “other diligent inquiry,” they must attest that “to the best of my knowledge information and belief, the Summons and Complaint and all other documents filed in support of this action for foreclosure are complete and accurate in all relevant


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TechCrunch: Apture Highlights to Search Scribd

Scribd Partners With Apture To Include Rich Media Contextual Browsing Within Content

Today, Apture has scored a pretty significant deal with document-sharing site Scribdto allow users to use Apture Highlights on the tens of millions of public documents on the content platform.

As we wrote in August, ‘Apture Highlights’ plugs the “search leak” that is taking place with content on the web. The feature allows you to highlight any word or phrase on a page and instantly bring up search results in a window. The startup brings results from 60-plus sources including YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, Google and more for extra context around content.

Now, when users are reading documents, books, or other works on Scribd, they will be able to highlight any word, and Apture will open a small browser within the page to search for the additional information on Google, Bing or Yahoo.


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